I helped figure out that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes and not direct contact. Without my contribution to medicine, the Panama Canal might not have been completed.
ANSWER: Walter Reed. Reed entered the University of Virginia at the age of 16 under the care of his older brother Christopher, also a student at the University. He attended two yearlong sessions, the second devoted entirely to the medical curriculum, and completed an M.D. degree on July 1, 1869, the youngest graduate to date in the history of the medical school.
Congratulations to Linda Stringer (Col ‘84), who won a $25 UVA Bookstore gift certificate for correctly answering the above question featured in the October e-newsletter.